Kyphoplasty Offers Pain Relief in Johnstown
Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! Here at ClinTech Center For Spine Health, we are well aware of the effects that pain can have on a person’s day to day life. While pain is a natural part of being a human, alerting us to dangerous situations that could potentially result in injury, chronic pain is something that no one should have to live with. Chronic pain is not something a person can simply get over. For many people, the only relief they can find for chronic back pain involves taking copious amounts of prescription pain relievers, a solution that, when you get down to it, isn’t really a solution at all. While unfortunate, finding long lasting relief from chronic back pain often requires a person to undergo some sort of surgery to fix whatever issue is causing them pain. As a spine surgeon, Dr. Techy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find relief from their pain. One of the procedures utilized here at ClinTech, balloon kyphoplasty, is the subject of today’s blog. Continue reading below to learn a little more about the benefits of kyphoplasty and why it is such an effective treatment method for relieving chronic back pain.
Kyphoplasty Offers Many Benefits
The primary goal of a kyphoplasty procedure is to stabilize fractured vertebrae and reduce the amount of pain that a person feels. While similar to other treatments designed to address vertebrae fractures, a kyphoplasty has the added benefit of restoring vertebral height. This helps to reduce the kyphosis that many people experience with spinal fractures and, even better, may help to treat any neighboring spinal fractures by restoring proper alignment. Below, we have listed a few more benefits that come along with this procedure.
- Improved Mobility: In our opinion, a spine surgery that does not help to increase a person's mobility is pointless. While the average person doesn’t think too much about the relationship that their spine plays in their overall ability to move, a person who suffers from chronic back pain is all too familiar. When your spine is damaged, moving is the last thing a person wants to do. This is bad because movement is one of the best ways to ensure that your spine is not further damaged from inactivity. A Kyphoplasty helps to improve a person’s mobility because it helps to make sure that the spine is not only free of pain but is also properly aligned. A properly aligned spine makes it easier for people to move about, simultaneously helping them strengthen the muscles around the spine.
- Safe: Perhaps the best benefit of having a kyphoplasty done is the fact that it is one of the safest surgeries available to treat fractures of the vertebrae. Unlike a vertebroplasty, which is similar in many ways, a kyphoplasty uses small balloons to make additional space in the fractured vertebrae. This additional space allows the spine surgeon to place thick orthopedic cement, greatly reducing the chance that the cement will leak out of the vertebrae and into other areas of the body where it is not supposed to be. Additionally, the incisions made during a kyphoplasty are extremely small, usually around 3mm, meaning that the recovery time of the procedure is much shorter than other more involved spine surgeries.
- Improved Quality of Life: More than any other benefit, the ability of a kyphoplasty to improve the quality of a patient’s life is the biggest reward. People who were unable to move without experiencing tremendous amounts of pain are given a new lease on life through the performing of this procedure. It’s hard to place a price on the relief that comes along with no longer suffering debilitating back and, more often than not, our patients are amazed at how effective this treatment is.
Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series on kyphoplasty. We hope that you have a better understanding of what this procedure is, what it is used for, and the risks and benefits associated with having it done. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain caused by fractured vertebrae, please get in touch with us today at ClinTech Center For Spine Health. Our professional staff, led by Dr. Techy, will work with you to come up with a solution for your spinal pain and, what’s more important, will make sure that you now exactly what needs to be done in order to find long lasting relief.